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Canadiens captain Gionta to have left bicep surgery, out for season

Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, Brian Gionta (21) and Brandon Prust (5) watch time run out in the third period of game three of the first round of Stanley Cup hockey action on May 5, 2013 in Ottawa .Ottawa beat Montreal 6-1.

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Brian Gionta's playoffs are over.

The Montreal Canadiens announced Wednesday that their captain has a torn left bicep muscle. He will undergo surgery on Friday.

Gionta sat out Games 2 and 4 of a first round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators with what the team called an upper body injury.

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The right-winger was limited to 31 games last season due to a torn bicep.

Meanwhile, centre Lars Eller has resumed skating. He was taken from the ice on a stretcher in Game 1 with a concussion and facial injuries after an open ice hit by Ottawa defenceman Eric Gryba, who was suspended two games.

There was no immediate word on when Eller can return.

Coach Michel Therrien said forwards Brandon Prust and Ryan White would both sit out Game 5 with upper body injuries.

Meanwhile, goalie Carey Price is considered day-to-day with a lower body injury. Price appeared to be hurt late in the third period on Tuesday and was replaced with Peter Budaj for the overtime period.

The Canadiens trail the Senators 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 is Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

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